1. 2010 FC NFL Mock Draft: At 19, The Falcons Take...

    First off, let me just say how friggin' fun this Featured Columnist mock has been. Dude, I now envy NFL GMs even more than I once did, which is tough to imagine, but somehow possible...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 1,826 reads 7 comments

  2. Do Da Dirty Bird: The Worst Five Falcons Draft Picks of the Decade

    If you saw last week's column, you knew this was coming. I mean, it only flows naturally from looking at our best five to peek our worst five. But something happened along the way to me having a gratuitous number of moles to whack with this slideshow...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 2,836 reads 12 comments

  3. Do Da Dirty Bird: The Top Five Falcons Draft Picks of the Decade

    As a kid, I had to wear glasses. Not those inconspicuous little half-moon deals, not even wire-frames. Yes, because my cheeks would break out when the metal rubbed against them, I wore those thick plastic specs with the Coke-bottle lenses...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 4,642 reads 8 comments

  4. Do Da Dirty Bird: Reflecting on the Season-Ending Pressers

    First, a quick apology for my unplanned three-week break from B/R. Amazing what full-time work can do to a man! Getting past my business (you can check out some of what I've been doing in the meantime at www...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 586 reads 1 comments

  5. Do Da Dirty Bird: Ding-Dong, The Streak Is Dead

    With a win at Tampa Bay last week, the Atlanta Falcons accomplished what they had been unable to do in franchise history: they posted back-to-back seasons of records greater than .500...

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  6. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 17, Falcons at Bucs

    And so it comes down to it: One game to validate our season. One game to prove we really are headed in the right direction. One game to show that new GM Thomas Dimitroff's personnel moves are good enough to remake an organization...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 201 reads 3 comments

  7. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 16, Falcons v. Bills

    The 1-2 records in the past three weeks of the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills appear similar on the surface. But I don't have to tell you that looks can be deceiving, now do I? The Bills ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 204 reads 1 comments

  8. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 15, Falcons @ Jets

    I was really quite proud of myself. I didn't get angry; I didn't throw a remote, kick a table, or even punch a pillow. I took the Falcons' loss to the Saints with, dare I say it, dignity ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 145 reads 1 comments

  9. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 14, Falcons v. Saints

    What have the Atlanta Falcons done since their much-ballyhooed Monday Night matchup with the tops-in-the-NFC New Orleans Saints? Why, they've eked out wins against sub-par teams (the Skins and ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 319 reads 8 comments

  10. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 13, Falcons v. Eagles

    This past summer, we "enjoyed" the lively debate over whether or not Michael Vick could be an effective NFL player after being released from prison and then reinstated by the NFL...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 240 reads 9 comments

  11. Do Da Dirty Bird: Liking Bryant-For-Elam, Tolerating Redman-For-Ryan

    When it comes down to it, the Atlanta Falcons' starter switches at two of the three most important offensive positions were inevitable and unavoidable...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 252 reads 0 comments

  12. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 12, Falcons v. Bucs

    There are a few reasons that my team should win this game. We're coming home—thank goodness—to the Dome, where we're unbeaten this year. We played a decent game last week, showing a good amount of moxie, despite the end result...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 234 reads 5 comments

  13. Do Da Dirty Bird: For Matt Ryan, What's Luck Got To Do with Picks?

    If you feel the need to put this article's title to the tune of a certain Tina Turner song, I'll look the other way. You think I didn't think of that as I was coming up with it? In all seriousness, ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about over 4 years ago 199 reads 1 comments

  14. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 11, Falcons @ Giants

    The bye is a ponderous thing. It can be a blessing, allowing a sliding team to rest, regroup, and refocus; or it can be the kiss of death, interrupting a group's rhythm or allowing losses to fester...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 305 reads 0 comments

  15. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week 10, Falcons @ Panthers

    Since we hit 'em in the mouth back in mid-September, the Panthers have been on some kind of roller coaster ride. A loss to the Bills at home followed by a win at the Cardinals? Huh? And Jake ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 352 reads 3 comments

  16. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week Nine, Falcons v. Redskins

    For a 2-5 team, the Washington Redskins sure are making a whole lotta noise. Even the occasional ESPN viewer is familiar with the faces of owner Dan Snyder, head coach Jim Zorn, and ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 316 reads 0 comments

  17. Do Da Dirty Bird: The Race for the Wild Cards Is On

    Most analysts start warming up their "must-win game" machine a little later in the season than the halfway point. Me, I like to break down the standings after each week, evaluating every individual win and loss in terms of how it affects the playoff race.

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 569 reads 2 comments

  18. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week Eight, Falcons @ Saints

    We're a full day away, and yet I already know what song will be stuck in my head tomorrow: Dun dun dun dunnn... (Da dun, da dun, da dun)... Bum bum bum bum bum bummm.....

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 622 reads 16 comments

  19. Do Da Dirty Bird: Jamaal Anderson's Positional Switcheroo

    If you've been reading this column with regularity, you've heard a lot from me about our defensive line. Apparently, I'm in love with Kroy Biermann, a John Abraham fan for life, and part of Peria Jerry's personal cheerleading squad...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 288 reads 0 comments

  20. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week Seven, Falcons @ Cowboys

    Most of the time, I'm going to side with my favorite propane salesman ever. But this week, Mr. Hank Hill, I'm going to have to turn on you and your team for my Dirty Birds...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 164 reads 0 comments

  21. Do Da Dirty Bird: Cred to a Mean, Not-So-Lean O-Line

    Off the bat, lemme throw a number at ya: two. That'd be the number of sacks the Falcons' offensive line has allowed through four games...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 415 reads 3 comments

  22. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week Six, Falcons v. Bears

    "Da...Bearss, da Bearss, da Bearss, da Bearss..." If you're not feeling my SNL reference, I hereby pronounce you clinically dead. There are no fans more super than Mike Myers and Chris Farley...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 367 reads 5 comments

  23. Do Da Dirty Bird: A Casual Chat With Jeff George

    B/R has made it worth my time to be here, I tell you what. The experience of my editing internship, the chance to read some great writers, meeting some friends, offering me a featured ...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 455 reads 2 comments

  24. Do Da Dirty Bird: Previewing Week Five, Falcons @ 49ers

    This edition of DDDB must open with an apology: It's been over a week since you Falcons fans have had a chance to hear my nonsensical ramblings, and that's just not OK. I want everyone to know that I'll be annoying you all season long...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 713 reads 6 comments

  25. Do Da Dirty Bird: I Hope It's Not Too Late for Us, Matt Ryan

    I was almost done with last week's ode to the Atlanta receivers when I realized I was only singing half the praises I should have been. I mean, who throws them the ball? It's sad that I've kept it inside for so long...

    John McCurdy Written by John McCurdy about almost 5 years ago 298 reads 2 comments